You know when someone asks you that question- “If you had the opportunity to sit alone in a room with any author of your choice and talk to him/her…” I found myself in that situation yesterday with Rick Riordan. I am honored to have been picked to be on HuffPost’s Live “Tell Me Why” segment with my friend Felicia (kid-author extraordinaire who wrote “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets” click HERE to go to her website). I have to thank Felicia and her mom (and my mom). We practiced with each other ahead of time and that really helped.
In the “Tell Me Why” segment, they invite kids to appear and talk about what they are passionate about. Felicia and I are passionate about books and reading. Click HERE if you’d like to see the segment. When I joined the Google chat yesterday the moderator was there and Mr. Riordan. Then the moderator dropped out to go take care of things so it was just me and Mr. Riordan – so I was trying to appear calm and normal but thinking “AAAHHHH!!! – AAAAHHHH!!! – AAAAHHH!!!” I managed a “So, how are you doing Mr. Riordan?” in my oh so cool cracking voice. He said he was great and then commented that he liked my collection of books (which were all his I put on the top self of my bookcase 😉 ) and he liked my Godzilla that was attacking his books. 😉 Then I felt much less nervous. He was so nice and made me feel really at ease. I got to ask him about his upcoming book (a short story) “The Staff of Serapis” and Mr. Riordan talked about how he thought the “blended” gods in mythology were cool (Serapis was a god used by a Greek ruler of Egypt to unite the Greeks and Egyptians under his rule). Mr Riordan asked me how Felicia and I ended up on the segment and I started to tell him and the google hangout got dropped! So that was the end of my very cool pre-experience experience. Sorry if I’m being geeky about it, but hey, I’m a book geek. 🙂
ENOUGH WITH THIS SILLINESS! ON TO PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY!!!
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I have never seen a picture book about Vitiligo.
By Jewel Kats
Illustrated by Dan Goodfellow
40 pages – ages 6+
Published by Loving Healing Press on November 4, 2013
Theme/Topic- vitiligo/retelling fairy tale
Genre- Fiction/help book
Opening and Synopsis-
“There once lived a very rich lady named Ivy. She thought the world of her own looks. Her beauty pageant crown only added to her arrogance.”
In this modern re-telling of the fairy tale, Snow White was a beautiful girl who happened to have the condition vitiligo (a condition where white patches appear all over the skin). Snow’s vain mother who is so hung up on beauty hides Snow White away and steals the wonderful stories Snow White writes and publishes them as her own. Ivy can’t keep up the lie forever, especially when the Magic Mirror knows the truth!
Why I liked this book- I have seen people with vitiligo before but I never knew what it was. I like that this book has a princess who doesn’t look like all the other princesses – just like people are all different. I think this is a great book to teach kids about vitiligo so they understand when they see someone with it. I also like the part of the story about plagiarism – how the evil Ivy stole all of Snow White’s work and published it as her own.
Activities and Resources-
I didn’t find a lot of activities about vitiligo, but I think it is a good idea to learn about it and teach kids about it. So I found places with good information.
For adults the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has a lot of information on vitiligo to help you understand it. Click HERE.
You can visit the National Vitiligo Foundation HERE. It has tips on how to help kids with the condition.
To learn more about the author, please visit her website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!